Heavylift / Breakbulk
A ship loader for Richards Bay
On 16 January a R140M Sandvik ship loader, accompanied by spare parts and accessories, was unloaded from the 11,350 dwt ship the Fairpartner, which is 143 m long, 26 m wide and is operated by the Dutch heavylift shipping company Jumbo Shipping, onto the quayside at Richards Bay (South Africa).
The consignee was the African terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals.
The new ship loader for handling dry bulk (ore, minerals, etc.) will replace older equipment at the Transnet terminal. Although the new unit was built in China, it is the first ship loader to be developed by the South African firm Sandvik Mining and Construction.
The port and weather conditions for discharging the ship loader were almost perfect, as there was no significant swell and the wind was manageable. Jumbo’s special forklift was used to hoist the load and place it onto rails on the quayside. The heavylift shipping company Jumbo operates a fleet of twelve special heavylift ships with a hoisting capacity of 500 to 1,800 t. This year the carrier will add a new generation of ships with a record breaking lifting capacity 3,000 t. Two of the firm’s J-1800 class ships are equipped with a DP2 positioning system, enabling them to provide both transport and offshore installation services.